In 1996, I received my doctorate from the San Francisco Theological Seminary in San Anselmo (SFTS), California. SFTS is really a gorgeous school, nestled in the foothills of Marin County. One could hardly have asked for a better place to study and engage so many thought-provoking teachers. I believe I was the first rabbi ever to go through their Doctorate of Ministry program. It proved to be a wonderful learning experience that introduced me to Biblical Greek, Christian biblical exegesis, ...Learn More Share
As I have written on other occasions, life is a series of rebirths. What we start out in life is often different from what we ultimately become. Let me tell you a well-known story that illustrates this point about the life of Moses. The origin of this story is unknown, but I have seen it mentioned in many books containing medieval rabbinic tales about the famous personalities of the Bible.
Here is how it begins . . .
The whole world was ...Learn More Share
Every Apocryphal Story Has a Germ of Historical Truth
According to an apocryphal legend, Egyptian King Ptolemy Philadelphus (who ruled 285-246 B.C.E.) sent a delegation to a high priest named Eleazar in Jerusalem, who organized a group of 72 scribes to write a new translation of the Bible for the city of Alexandria. These men purportedly translated the Hebrew Pentateuch into Greek in only seventy-two days.
A Jewish philosopher named Aristeas, records how the scribes felt inspired and arrived at ...Learn More Share